A sleek laptop that needs a tad more tuning.
When it comes to laptops it seems like every other manufacturer is trying to outdo the next. The latest buzz of course is the Ultrabook, which is a laptop that meets very strict requirements in terms of performance, size, thickness, and weight. While these laptops certainly are more portable, they usually come with a significant price tag, owing to the use of SSDs and more premium build materials than in most other laptops. So those who aren’t quite ready to splurge for an Ultrabook might consider looking at the new and fairly svelte 15 inch HP Envy Sleekbook 6.
Design & Build Quality
HP weren’t looking to make an Ultrabook-competitor but rather a decent laptop that looked good and performed well; for the most part they succeeded. The Envy Sleekbook 6 has a sleek black aluminum finish which certainly adds the ‘sleek’ to the laptop’s name.
By contrast, the underside of the laptop has been finished with a deep red rubberized plastic, which in addition to making the laptop stand out, also gives it better grip when carrying it around.
Though Ultrabooks often skimp out on ports and connectivity options, the Envy Sleekbook 6 on has a good number of ports available. On the right of the laptop is the power port, USB, and audio jacks, as well as a Kensington slot. The left hand side has a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, two additional USB ports, memory card reader, and tiny LEDs for power and HDD activity. There’s no optical drive sadly, as this was probably one of the first things to go in order to keep the laptop profile as slim as possible, but it’s easy to spring for a cheap external optical drive. On a side note, I have to mention that the power adapter tends to stick out a far bit from the actual power connector, so it’s wise to be careful if you’re moving your laptop around when it’s plugged in.
The HP Envy Sleekbook 6 packs some fairly decent hardware under that sinister looking case, giving it an identity crisis where it’s not an Ultrabook nor an average laptop.